Final Program

Adam Nizich, PE is a façade engineer at Walter P Moore in Washington, DC. He has more than 5 years of experience in façade design and engineering. He is an active member of the ASTM Subcommittee E06.52, “Glass Use in Buildings,” and working groups for “Structural Use of Glass in Buildings” and “Design of Glass Railings and Guards and Balustrades”.

Agnes Koltay (MSc Arch, MSc FacEng) founded Koltay Facades in 2011 in Dubai. The boutique consultancy firm is one of the largest specialist practices in the Middle-East and opened their second office in Singapore. Koltay Facades is well known for their capability to work on large scale developments, high-rise projects, and complex geometry buildings. She was selected Woman in Construction 2018 and the firm was awarded the Specialist Consultancy Company 2018 award.

Presentations

AJ Piscitelli has participated in the fenestration industry for more than a decade as an application engineer and project manager at FeneTech Inc. AJ’s current role is with FeneTech Labs, a group at FeneTech dedicated to researching and developing new ideas and technologies. AJ is a frequent speaker at North American industry events regarding the future technology will play in the fenestration industry.

Born in 1954, he studied technical science of motor vehicles at Technical University of Aachen from 1973 to 1979. In 1979, he started his work in the business of trailers. Among other topics, he focused on the construction of inloader trailers as well as the development of new concepts for the transportation of float glass by inloaders. In 2013, he became product manager for inloaders (ILO trailers) in the company Faymonville Distribution AG in Luxembourg and later leading instructor conducting technical trainings for staff, dealers, and customers. With over 50 years of experience and more than 1000 employees, Faymonville is one of the biggest manufacturers of semi-trailers for special and heavy haulages. Its range of products includes inloaders for the transportation of float glass and of prefabricated concrete parts. The company has manufacturing sites in Büllingen (Belgium), Lentzweiler (Luxembourg), Goleniow (Poland), and near Cuneo (Italy), and it has actively developed its presence on the world market. Outstanding quality, flexibility, productivity, creativity, and service are the company’s guiding principles.

A professor at Insubria University in Varese, Alberto Onetti has long been dedicated to research in the fields of management and entrepreneurship. He graduated with first class honors from the University of Pavia, then completed his studies with a Master in International Finance and a PhD in Corporate Strategy. His academic career is divided between Italy, where he teaches at the University of Insubria (prior also at LUISS in Rome) and he leads the Research Centre for Innovation and Life Sciences Management, and the United States, where he is recurring Visiting Professor at San Francisco State University. Since 2009 he has been appointed as Chairman of the Mind the Bridge in San Francisco. He is a seasoned serial entrepreneur. Among others, together with Fabrizio Capobianco he founded Funambol, Inc., a mobile personal cloud company in California. He has also acted as consultant for Italian and multinational firms and sits on the boards of several private companies and startups. Since 2014 Alberto has been selected by European Commission to help drive the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), the first integrated platform to support growth and sustainability of European companies. Alberto has authored and co-authored insofar over 100 publications and regularly writes for Corriere della Sera. In 2016 he got awarded by DG for Research and Innovation with the Tender “Study on Transatlantic Dynamics of New High Growth Innovative Firms – Costs, Benefits and Impact of TTIP”.

Alexander, born in 1992 in Augsburg, studied Civil Engineering from 2011 to 2018 at TU Munich. He focused and specialized on structural engineering. Since September 2018 he works at the Institute and Laboratory for Structural Engineering at the University of German Self Defence Forces in Munich under the supervision of Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Geralt Siebert. His topic area is the mechanical behaviour of intact and broken laminated safety glass with a main focus on the polymeric interlayer modelling.

Amir Bayati is the Chief Technology Officer of Heliotrope Technologies Inc. Prior to joining Heliotrope Amir was with First Solar working on CdTe thin film solar module development. Before First Solar Amir spent 18 years at Applied Materials where he worked on research and development of semiconductor and solar technologies. Amir received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Salford/UK in 1991.

Andreas’s professional career has been in Façades on both design, management, building the essential infrastructure. Well known buildings where he was involved are his first project in façade Lloyds of London on to 4 Buildings for Bank of China, Jin Mao in Shanghai and Taipei 101. Since 2005 he is offering façade and BMU design services to clients and architects. One issue he is called in frequently is building forensics. This work is offered regionally in Asia through the Mid East.

Andreas Kasper is a 65 year-old researcher at SAINT-GOBAIN and associate professor at RWTH University, Aachen, Germany. Being materials chemist, his research work spans glass chemistry and production: Emissions, combustion, glass-floating and quality. He has published worldwide, during past 20 years, numerous papers in scientific magazines and conferences, among others showing his outstanding competence on spontaneous glass breakage prevention. He was honored by Adolf-Dietzel-Price and Golden-Gehlhoff-Ring of Deutsche-Glastechnische-Gesellschaft (DGG).

Barbara Siebert, born 1967, received her civil engineering degree from TU München. After some years as employee in a consulting office, she is now working in her own consulting office Ingenieurbüro Dr. Siebert with special field of application of glass. The doctor’s thesis about the calculation of point helded glasses was accepted 2003. She is aindependent, publicly appointed and sworn expert for glass constructions.

Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for more than 17 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in London, New York, Dubai and Stuttgart. After building up and heading the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in the position of Executive Vice President, Benjamin joined the Werner Sobek Head Office in Stuttgart, Germany and acted as Team Leader for Façade Engineering. In 2012, he joined Meinhardt Façade Technology in the role of Technical Director. Since October 2018, he is Head of Façade at Ramboll Dubai.

Beres has initiated, grown and led the façade and sustainable design teams at three international engineering consultants. During this time he has developed a unique understanding in the design and selection of building fabric. He has substantial experience in shading, daylight and thermal performance of façades. His focus has been the integration of the façade with other disciplines and sustainable design principles. He has developed a wholistic view of the design and performance of façade systems and has a particular interest in the use of glass as the prime architectural element optimising its structural as well as energy modifying properties. He has been invited internationally as guest lecturer on these and other topics.

Bernard Jean Savaëte (Engineer – 73 years old) is President of BJS.Différences consulting company, created in 2004. He worked in 1969, with French BSN, and then with American PPG, from 1981. His last position was Director Quality for PPG Glass Europe. He created BJS.Différences, providing worldwide consulting services for building, industry, car & solar businesses. He is also expert in history of glass and companies from flat glass industry.

Carlos Machado e Moura (Porto, 1982) is an architect (FAUP, 2006), postgraduate in Architectural Heritage (2013), PhD candidate in “Architecture: Theory, Project and History”, and integrated researcher at the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism/Porto School of Architecture (CEAU-FAUP). Since 2015 he develops research on the technical and architectural history of minimalist windows with Jofebar, being editor and co-author of the book Building Views (Circo de Ideias, 2017).

Cédric Janssens is the Public Affairs Manager of Glass for Europe, the trade association for Europe’s flat glass sector. Cédric is actively involved in all regulatory issues affecting the flat glass industry, be in terms of manufacturing, product policy, energy-efficiency in buildings and sustainability. Cédric is a graduate in political science and holds a master degree in European studies from university in Brussels.

Dr Cenk Kocer is a senior researcher with over 18 years experience in the area of Vacuum Insulated Glazing (VIG). His research focus is the design, manufacture, and quality/durability of the VIG window system. Using experimental and numerical (such as finite element analysis) methods, he is involved in the detailed study of the thermal and mechanical properties of VIG and other thermally insulating technologies.

Dr. ir. Christian Louter is Assistant Professor on Structural Design at the Faculty of Architecture at the TU Delft. Christian obtained his PhD Cum Laude from TU Delft in 2011 and has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at EPFL in Switzerland before returning to TU Delft in 2015. In addition, Christian is an Editor-in-Chief of the Glass Structures & Engineering journal and an Organizer of the Challenging Glass Conference series.

Dirk Schulte is Vice President of North American Operations at Tianjin North Glass, the leading fabricator of specialty and oversized architectural glass for the global construction industry. In this role, Schulte’s responsibilities include the strategic development of business and client relationships, technical engineering advisory, commercial sales and project consultancy. Schulte was previously serving as Vice President of Business Development, Sales and Engineering at APG International, Inc., a leading façade contractor in the Northeastern United States, as well as Managing Director of APG’s Middle Eastern operation in Dubai for over 8 years. Prior to that, Schulte was Global Business Development Manager for Structural Glass & Facade Applications at DORMA for more than 10 years. He is a Civil Engineer by trade, personal member of the Association of German Professional Engineers and the Façade Tectonics Institute. In addition, Schulte frequently contributes his expertise to the industry through a broad range of global publications since 2004.

Dirk Schulte is Executive Director of Preconstruction at Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions, the leading custom fabricator and installer of high quality engineered architectural envelope systems. In this role, Schulte’s responsibilities include the strategic development of business and client relationships, technical preconstruction advisory, commercial sales and project consultancy primarily within the North-East and South Region of the United States and Canada. Before joining Roschmann Schulte was Vice President of North American Operations at Tianjin North Glass, the leading fabricator of specialty and oversized architectural glass for the global construction industry. Schulte was further previously serving as Vice President of Business Development, Sales and Engineering at APG International, Inc., a leading façade contractor in the Northeastern United States, as well as Managing Director of APG’s Middle Eastern operation in Dubai for over 8 years. Prior to that, Schulte was Global Business Development Manager for Structural Glass & Facade Applications at DORMA for more than 10 years. He is a Civil Engineer by trade, personal member of the Association of German Professional Engineers and the Façade Tectonics Institute. In addition, Schulte frequently contributes his expertise to the industry through a broad range of global publications since 2004.

Education and experience: Master degree in chemical and environmental engineering at the University of Applied Science Merseburg, Germany in 2011 Master thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg with the topic “Silver alloys for high temperature-resistant mirror coatings for application in solar thermal power plants” Working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, since 2012 as researcher in the group Service Life Analysis Areas of interest Degradation of materials in solar applications accelerated testing of PV-modules and solar thermal collectors and their components and materials, numerical simulations, methods to analyse degradation of PV-modules, non-destructive analytical methods.